that girl allison

I'm Allison. I see a ton of theatre. I'm a huge fan of Green Day, Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, Weezer, Oasis, Adam Rapp, Emily Giffin, and Shakespeare. I run sometimes, and do yoga always. My life has changed a lot in the last year, so this is my account of it all.

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Writing about If/Then is something I’ve been tossing around in my mind for several days now. I saw it two weeks ago in (obviously) amazing seats and I love the cast, but I’m not sure what I thought about the show as a whole.

The show tells the story of a woman named Elizabeth (Menzel) who moves back to New York City after 10 yeas of living with her husband in Arizona and the two ways her life could’ve played out based on one decision in a park the day she returns. I’d heard that it was incredibly confusing in DC and I was sitting (by chance) next to a friend who’d seen it there but said the only difference was that in one of her “lifes” she would put on glasses. This definitely help make things a bit clearer, but things were still a bit confusing.

The score is beautiful and I could definitely relate to Elizabeth’s worrying and overanalyzing personality (unfortunately). Anthony Rapp as her best friend Lucas was wonderful, of course, but I don’t know if I believed that he was in love with Elizabeth. LaChanze brought down the house as per usual when she’s onstage as Elizabeth’s other best friend Kate. James Snyder (Menzel’s husband in one life, Josh) and Jerry Dixon (Menzel’s boss in the other life) were both lovely too.

The bit of confusion in the actual plot aside, I was left wondering why I should really care about Elizabeth. I knew both sides of the story, what was left to wonder? Her story didn’t end up being extraordinary either way. But one thing that I did like the fact that she ended up meeting Josh one way or another.

After seeing the show I learned that it was never meant to be your typical linear story but it was only changed to be that way after the confusion of average theatregoers (who’d probably have been happier watching My Fair Lady) down in DC. I’d love to listen to Kitt and Yorkey talk about writing this…

Anyways, if this review sparked your interest in the show, then you should definitely go see it. 

Am I the only one who doesn’t care that it snowed a tiny bit (more like an ice storm, really) in New York last night? I was inside with no need to leave my apartment, which I suppose helps, but people are still complaining today about it.

Put on your big person boots and deal with it. It’s been a funky season so we should’ve been expecting this. Luckily I’m a procrastinator sometimes and my boots were never packed away, so they’re still out front and center for me to use today.

Come on, New Yorkers, you can get it together.

I saw The Velocity of Autumn, written by Eric Coble, this week and was it groundbreaking? No. But I enjoyed it nevertheless. It was a lovely 90 minutes with no intermission and I got to watch the mesmerizing Stephen Spinella go at it with the hilarious Estelle Parons the entire time. While surrounded by molotov cocktails. 
The Velocity of Autumn was about a mother at the end of her life wanting to have control of her life and when it ended and where she ended it, and her estranged son who comes to talk her out of hurting herself and others. 
While certainly not groundbreaking, it’s a different kind of play with interesting characters portrayed by two fantastic actors. 

I saw The Velocity of Autumn, written by Eric Coble, this week and was it groundbreaking? No. But I enjoyed it nevertheless. It was a lovely 90 minutes with no intermission and I got to watch the mesmerizing Stephen Spinella go at it with the hilarious Estelle Parons the entire time. While surrounded by molotov cocktails. 

The Velocity of Autumn was about a mother at the end of her life wanting to have control of her life and when it ended and where she ended it, and her estranged son who comes to talk her out of hurting herself and others. 

While certainly not groundbreaking, it’s a different kind of play with interesting characters portrayed by two fantastic actors. 

Last week I finally made a much overdue trip to see Cinderella. Unfortunately I’d missed Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana, but I was still getting Todd Buonopane and Victoria Clark, as well as Carly Rae Jepsen and Fran Drescher. 

The show was every bit as magical as you might expect a production of Cinderella to be. Fran Drescher never does much, but she’s funny in the small scenes she has. Carly Rae Jepsen is lovely as Cinderella, although her voice is meek at times and sometimes barely audible. Victoria Clark is marvelous, as one would come to expect from Ms. Clark, and Todd Buonopane totally steals his scenes. He’s awesome.

I do agree with the overall sentiment that they made this version of Cinderella WAY too political, but who cares! There are pretty voices, super cool costume changes, and classic songs. I don’t think anyone is seeing Cinderella to have their mind blown and rightly so, but they’ll definitely be entertained. 

I’m going to try to replace coffee (which I drink maybe three days a week) now. This stuff is expensive though ($15 for a couple of ounces). Anyone know anywhere to buy it cheaper?

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(Photo via gabriellebernstein I’m the second person from the left in the front in the orange shirt.)

Yesterday morning at ABC Home and Furniture in the Flatiron District, a couple hundred people came together to change their energy and in turn help change the world (another 4,000 were watching on the live stream). I arrived a few minutes before it started (thanks, MTA!) but I somehow managed to snag a front row spot (score!). We started off by tuning in and then doing some collective breath of fire. I love breath of fire because one of my yoga teachers makes us do it every so often, you know, while we’re holding planks. After that we did a meditation to eradicate anxiety (I did this every morning for 4 months straight, I love this one too), pictured above. We chanted, sang, breathed, meditated some more, had a couple of Q&A’s, and then closed with the only kundalini meditation that comes with a warning (because theoretically you have to watch your thoughts while you’re chanting because if they’re the wrong thoughts, you might manifest something you don’t want/need).

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I was lucky enough to be able to see a preview performance of All the Way a couple of weeks ago which opened a week ago tonight. It’s a new drama by Robert Schenkkan that received ridiculous reviews at A.R.T. in Boston. A drama about LBJ’s first year or so in office trying to get the Civil Rights Bill of 1964 passed starring Bryan Cranston as LBJ.

I love history plays so I loved this one. It was an era that I’d not known the exact details of. The violence, the struggle, the bargaining behind closed doors. It reminded me of the movie Lincoln if only because it reflected what’s going on today in government and how nothing really ever changes. Wash, rinse, repeat.

I’ve seen Cranston in a couple of movies, but not Breaking Bad (give me five years). But I was thoroughly impressed by his acting chops onstage. He conveyed to the audience his inner struggles excellently. I also really enjoyed Betsy Aidem as Lady Bird Johnson. Other noteables in the cast were John McMartin (duh) as Senative Richard Russell, Michael McKean as J. Edgar Hoover, and James Eckhouse as Martin Luther King Hr. 

That said, every person in the cast was fantastic. The lighting (Jane Cox) and sound designs (Peter Fitzgerald) were also notable and effective.

Was All the Way long? Oh yes. Clocking in at a few minutes under 3 hours, it was longer than your usual Broadway play. But did I care? Not for one second. Bryan Cranston was just that good.

Tickets provided by the production. All opinions are my own.

Hey there everyone… theatre nerds, Martin McDonaugh savants, Harry Potter fans… 

TODAY IS THE DAY! Reblog this post, follow me, and tweet about this post and you’ll be entered to win a pair of tickets to see Daniel Radcliffe in The Cripple of Inishmaan

The winner will be notified on March 17th!

Just hanging with the mayor. 

Mr. Horvath! Yogi Bera!

I was invited to the opening night party for Bronx Bombers on Thursday night. I got to work on my “Chat With Strangers Until Your Friends Show Up” skills and conversed with some pretty interesting people. Before I headed out, I was able to snap this picture with Peter Scolari. He was pretty cool. He fist-pumped my friend and I. 

Total highlight of the week.